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Alpena City Council Members vote yes on fireworks

ALPENA, Mich.— Fireworks will go on this year for the annual 4th of July show in Alpena if allowed by Governor Whitmer. The City of Alpena made the decision in a 3 to 2 vote despite concerns surrounding COVID–19.

Residents were able to raise $14,000 and Lafarge has matched those funds up to $12,000.

Council and community members both had different opinions about continuing with the original date and those opposed suggested pushing the fireworks show back to as late as September.

Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora  and others in favor of having the show said many residents are in support of the 4th of July date. Waligora says,” The decision to implement social distancing and requiring residents to wear masks will be determined by state government.”

Residents will have the option to either stand outside or view the fireworks from the inside of their vehicle.